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176 Central Drive
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Mountain Heritage Center | 176 Central Drive #240 Western Carolina University | Cullowhee, NC | 28723
Mountain Heritage Center at Hunter Library:
10am – 4pm Monday through Friday, Until 7pm on Thursdays
Second Floor Gallery at Hunter Library:
8am – 5pm Monday through Friday
The Mountain Heritage Center Staff Offices are located in Hunter Library #240, across the exhibit lobby from the elevator. Please feel free to come by and ask questions!
Education Associate Peter Koch holds an M.A. in public history from North Carolina State University and is the Vice President of the North Carolina Museums Council. He is also on the Advisory Council for the Jackson County's Junior Appalachian Musicians program. Please contact him if you would like more information on educational programs or volunteer opportunities.
Registrar Anne Lane came to museum work rather late as a volunteer for the curator of collections at the Museum of York County in Rock Hill, SC. Her art background was useful here, as was the fact that her family of six people and assorted pets had packed up and moved many times during her childhood. Anne rose to become collections manager for the three sites comprising the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County. She then served as collections manager for ten years at the Charlotte Museum of History. She has made a specialty of custom artifact housings and mounts, teaching many workshops on the topic. She has continued her career here in Cullowhee, working for both the Fine Art Museum and the Mountain Heritage Center.
Curator Pam Meister has served as executive director of the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), and as director, curator and educator at museums throughout the southeast. Pam has also worked as an adjunct instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University, Georgia College & State University, West Georgia College, and UNC-Charlotte, teaching Museum Studies and Cultural Resource Management since 1993. She is an active Peer Reviewer for the American Association of Museums, and a founding faculty member of SEMC’s annual Jekyll Island Management Institute. She holds a B.A. degree in Theatre (with a minor in History) from the University of New Orleans, and a M.F. A. in Arts Management from the University of Georgia.
Office Manager Pam Oberholtzer holds an M.P.A. in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University in Georgia. After a few decades managing social service nonprofits, she joined the MHC team to keep up with administrative tasks necessary to support the museum, it’s staff and student workers.